ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – A death in the family of Aditya Verma will cause the accomplished sarod player to miss his Sunday Friends of Good Music performance at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The “Music from India” concert will go on as planned, however, because the award-winning Akshara Ensemble has been booked to perform instead. The performance, the seventh in the Friends of Good Music season, is at 3 p.m.
“Sadly, Aditya Verma had to withdraw from his planned performance at St. Bonaventure University because of a death in his family,” said Ludwig Brunner, Quick Center executive director. “We’re thrilled, however, that we were able to tap into our extensive network of musical contacts to secure the performance by Akshara Ensemble.”
Steeped in the Carnatic music of South India, Akshara is a dynamic music ensemble that brings together world music traditions on the rhythmic and modal foundations of Indian classical music. In 2015, Akshara’s “Mohana Blues” won the Best World Traditional Song award at the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards.
Akshara features some of New York City’s brightest musical talent and is led by Bala Skandan, who was initiated into the Carnatic percussion art of Mridangam, and the violin, at that age of 6. Skandan is renowned for his encyclopedic knowledge of classical Indian music. His original compositions embrace Hindustani and Carnatic styles, as well as world music traditions.
Skandan has performed with the most gifted Carnatic musicians including Shri T.V. Gopalakrishnan, Shri N. Ravikiran, the Carnatica Brothers, and the Bombay Sisters; and has been acknowledged by the New York Times for his “superb musical accompaniment.”
Skandan is a prolific educator in Carnatic music, teaching students in mridangam, kanjira, solkattu, and violin.
This performance is supported in part by grant programs at the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, which are made possible with funding by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Tickets are $20 at full cost, $16 for St. Bonaventure staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students. For tickets and information call the Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.
For each Friends of Good Music performance, Quick Center galleries will open one hour before the performance and remain open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and the center is open to the public year round. Visit the Quick Center at www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.